leaparsons (9110) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask, GBBF 09. Golden with a small head. Aromas are toasty malts with lots of peach and melon. Some toffee with pine coming through. Flavours are hoppy, floral and fresh. Green peppery and bitter pine with plenty of lemon and peach fruitiness. Sweet grapefruit with associated bitterness towards the finish. Strong marmalade notes. Quite viscous on the palate. Sweet, hoppy and very good.
RichardGretton (4471) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask@GBBF, 2009. Dark bronze beer with a lightly hopped aroma and a slightly vinous and quite deeply hopped, bitter and lightly malty flavour. Overall an average IPA.
alagnak (467) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nose is grassy, vinous hops and a bit of apple cider acidity. Flavor is really solidly balanced: rose hip, and more of the bitter apple that moves into the standard IPA grapefruit bitterness on the roof of the mouth. FInishes crisp and clean. Really well done and highly quaffable. SN continues to impress.
otismulligan (34) - Yardley, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle pour into pint glass. nice orange/rust color. Thick frothy head. an IPA drinkerís IPA. subttle hop flavor that doesnít over power,
Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 5, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass
The color is orange/gold. Nice and clear with a good amount of carbonation. Also has a nice off-white, foamy head that leaves a nice film on the glass.
The smell is spicy. Bold hop flavor and some floral feel to it.
The taste is a bit strong. It takes a minuet to get used to the nice hoppy flavor and great spicy flavor. Also has a nice sweet malt flavor.
Torpedo is well balanced between a nice better hop feel and a spicy/sweet malt feel. Goes down well with a aftertaste that only lasts through the first few sips. It really is a beer rollercoaster
Moggman (235) - Columbus, USA - AUG 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours copper with white head. Aroma is pine, caramel, and grassy hops. Flavor is bitter hops with grapefruit and pine notes. Slight caramel in the finish. Another solid offering from Sierra Nevada.
MarkBarnes (394) - Waterville, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aug. 4, 2009; 12 oz. bottle. Sierra Nevada brews consistently-excellent beers, and theyíve knocked it out of the park with this one. As an IPA, it tops the very good, but slightly unbalanced & harsh, "Celebration Ale" theyíve brought out seasonally. Perfectly-balanced -- i.e., not over-the-top "hoppy" -- with a long, pleasingly-bitter palate thatís equal parts hops & alcohol. As a big fan of the brewery & the style, itís difficult to imagine how this could be topped.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Polished copper with orange and amber highlights, the light reflects her beauteous visage. A fluffy white head quickly recedes into a blanket of pockmarked puffs that linger for the whole show. A vigorous swirl explodes into a massive outbreak of lace as her nose reaches out and slaps me in the face. I was paying attention, I swear. Grass and leaves atop a damp forest floor, fauna and flowers and crushed pine needles melting into one earthy piney presence which leads directly into grapefruit, waxy citric skin, tangelos, and tangerines. Lemon and lime zest tickles as brown dry spices, nutmeg and cinnamon sticks, mingle with a continuous undercurrent of fresh honey. Eager to savor my first quaff, I lick my lips and drink deep of her glistening bounty. She is immediately mouth-coating and sweet, but quickly fades to bitter and dry, sending tingles up and down the top of my tongue. Her sweetness resides solidly in the front and back of her palate, while the middle is left wide-open for an assault of grass, pine needles, and grapefruit. Her finish isnít long, surprisingly, with only faint lingering wisps of honey and spice. My Sierra Nevada Torpedo is highly refreshing with each sup easily bringing me back for another. She is uses her west-coast hops and malts with skill and grace that I would partially attribute to almost 3 decades of brewing finesse. As I see the end looming upon the horizon, a steady backdrop of dry, bittering citric skins linger in the center of my palate after her juicy and sweetly spiced palate moves on. Simple and yet complex at the same time, one thing I do understand is that my Torpedo is gone, gone, gone.
Bravo, Sierra Nevada. Once more you have proven your brewing prowess and have livened up your long-standing portfolio with a stellar Imperial IPA. Her refreshingly drinkability in the face of massive west coast hops serves to further prove that there is nothing to fear in flavor but fear itself. I look forward to enjoying Torpedo for many more decades to come.
tekhna (118) - California, USA - AUG 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another damn solid beer from SN. Moving, it was absurdly hot and humid, and this beer is bracingly bitter, cold and delicious. Strong pine flavor, excellent aroma, very full flavor, complex, yet not overwhelming. Like Celebration itís just an excellent IPA.
drowland (7111) - Georgia, USA - AUG 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a very good beer if you like hops. Some will say itís too hoppy, but come on, itís Sierra Nevada and itís going to be hoppy!